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Sep 21, 2017
I recently purchased a pair of these after I borrowed some from a co-worker. They do have a break-in period, where they start sounding better after about 25 hours and improve a tad at 50 hours. The mids open up and the highs get smoother. Bass was good to begin with and I didn't notice much of a change in quantity after break in. I almost purchased a pair of Audio Technica ATH-M50x this past weekend, but after listening to them in-store I still think the Status Audio CB-1 is a more enjoyable headphone. I just think the M50x, while better than my old M50 (non-X) just sounds dry on the upper frequencies. The lows and mids on the M50 are decent and probably flatter, the CB-1 beats it with a considerably wider soundstage. The CB-1 also sound pretty good and even at lower volumes. I feel that the M50x needs to be played bit more volume to get things sounding even (where the bass or treble might be overpowering the other at lower levels). I basically use the CB-1 as my go to closed headphone when sound isolation is needed. Keep in mind the price / performance of these. I basically purchased them since they perform well for the money and I wanted to see what a sub $100 headphone could do. Needless to say I'm quite happy with these and I would purchase again. They sound ok/decent at first but noticeably better after break-in. Hope this info helps. By the way I just did the ZMF Ori pads (massdrop purchase) for $50 that will go on my Hifiman HE-400i, so for a little more than a pair of nice pads, you get a complete set of headphones.
Sep 21, 2017
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